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Challenge: Memorials and Monuments (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.
Date: Oct 1, 2010
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 30 sec
Date Uploaded: Oct 3, 2010

I'm so happy - my first Blue!

Thanks to everyone for voting, commenting and adding my image to their favourites.

Phil - No filter used. I have found that at f/16, ISO 100 and 30 sec this lens produces a great image, IMHO

Janine - If you are facing the monument with the city at your back the pool is off to the left. I took this shot at the far end of the pond

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The Gateway Arch, also known as the Gateway to the West, is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, Missouri.

Built as a monument to the westward expansion of the United States, it has become the city's iconic image.

It was designed by architect Eero Saarinen and structural engineer Hannskarl Bandel in 1947. It is 630 feet (192 m) wide at its base and stands 630 feet (192 m) tall, making it the tallest monument in the United States. Construction started on February 12, 1963, and ended on October 28, 1965, costing $13 million. It is the tallest habitable structure in Missouri. The monument opened to the public on July 10, 1967.

Source: Wikipedia

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Votes: 186
Comments: 43
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03/11/2016 06:53:07 PM
Wonderful!
10/16/2010 09:32:48 PM
Having lived in St. Louis for a number of years, 6 years too many, and my parents for many longer, the Gateway Arch became a monument I saw often. Just like the longhorns from my home state of Texas, this iconic symbol, became part of who I was. But in all the years I lived there or was associated with this monument, I don't think I've seen it any better shot than in this picture. You came up with a new approach to and over exposed monument. Serious congrats on you blue. You deserve it.
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10/15/2010 04:43:50 PM
Beautiful image. Congrats on your First Blue. Love your POV.
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10/15/2010 12:34:24 PM
Big Congrats on your first blue,superb image.
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10/14/2010 12:28:40 PM
Awesome shot. Perfect technically with great comp and outstanding artistic elements ... a worthy blue! Congrats.
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10/13/2010 07:52:44 PM
Congratulations on your blue. Far and away the best image in the competition and it's well deserved.
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10/13/2010 01:45:53 PM
Wow! Speechless!
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10/13/2010 10:25:30 AM
Gasp! THAT is AWESOME! Congratulations on your first and most deserved blue ribbon!
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10/13/2010 10:03:57 AM
Fantastic shot. Huge congrats!
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10/13/2010 09:41:10 AM
Congrats on the blue, a peaceful scene.
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10/13/2010 06:55:11 AM
Awesome shot. Great job. Congrats on the well-deserved ribbon.
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10/13/2010 04:16:38 AM
CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your first Blue Ribbon for a fantastic shot. Keep up the great work!
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10/13/2010 02:39:16 AM
Excellent visual ring! Great reflection capture with the Gateway Arch. Congratulations on your Blue. :)
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10/13/2010 02:23:50 AM
Hey Anthony. Congrats on a very good shot here. Beautifully executed and certainly has made me see this monument (shot to death) in a new light. Ribbon is just a bonus.
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10/13/2010 02:03:20 AM
congrats! love the photo (and the monument)
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10/13/2010 02:01:42 AM
how appropriate is that Mr. Archer gets a Blue for an arch photo ;). Congrats!
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10/13/2010 01:51:47 AM
Well done mate! Congrats!
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10/13/2010 01:44:04 AM
The best shot I've ever seen of the arch. Simply beautiful. Congratulations!
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10/13/2010 01:43:59 AM
Congratulations Anthony on a much deserved win and on your first Blue!

Thanks for the feedback (got the exposure right at least). Perhaps if I got rid of my old Rebel and kit lens I might also produce shots like this. Nah, I think skill plays into it more. Once again, well done!
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10/13/2010 01:12:45 AM
Congratulations!
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10/13/2010 12:45:58 AM
As a kid, I always referred to this monument as "The Great Arch." How fitting that the photographer's name is Archer!

Great work, here.
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10/13/2010 12:13:49 AM
I'm so glad to see that this ribboned...it's outstanding
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/12/2010 09:06:48 PM
Nice balance
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10/12/2010 08:25:05 PM
Great time of the day to be shooting this. And a fantastic reflection to boot!
Turns out, in my top 5 this is the only color shot :) Hope it ribbons.
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10/12/2010 05:25:25 PM
Now that is well done, I've been here and this is a very difficult Monument to photograph...where is this reflecting pool? I'm usually in St. Louis in April, would love to get a shot of this...really good
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10/12/2010 01:31:22 PM
Great colors and reflection. One of my top picks.
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10/12/2010 08:37:01 AM
nice colour and toning
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10/12/2010 07:17:08 AM
great reflection!
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10/11/2010 09:22:15 PM
Beautiful image.
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10/11/2010 04:02:14 PM
Very nice reflection.
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10/10/2010 11:10:01 PM
I like this!
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10/10/2010 06:30:22 PM
Simply Lovely! This one's in my top 5.
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10/10/2010 05:54:38 PM
Very nice....
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10/09/2010 09:34:13 AM
Meets Challenge 10 Impact 7 Technicals 6 Processing 6 Creativity 6 Total (weighted) 7 Really like this shot , hope it does well.
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10/08/2010 02:39:31 PM
nice photo, could be a postcard
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10/07/2010 10:07:01 PM
beautiful reflection photo
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10/07/2010 01:38:36 PM
5.5
10/07/2010 01:01:52 PM
Beautiful
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10/07/2010 10:00:29 AM
Good reflection. I like it!
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10/06/2010 05:01:07 PM
Lovely! Wonderful job with this - the full reflection is amazing. I understand it's basic and so cloning out the sticks in the water isn't allowed (not knocking points for that btw) but I hope you do have a copy where you've done that and are planning to print and hang this. :-)
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10/06/2010 04:17:40 PM
I don't know what this is, but it does look really interesting. Reflections here are great which makes this one of the standouts in this challenge. Colour is also very interesting as well, which helps to make it interesting. The centred composition maybe is not great, but I note that to the right is nothing to help (but does border the image well......)
Not exactly what I was expecting from this challenge, but it is well done and the results are great.
Great time to photograph it, and great reflections.........Well done.
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10/06/2010 03:11:29 PM
This is my favorite for the challenge and my only 10.The lighting, colours, perspective and clarity are fantastic. Judging by the lens flare on the street lamps and the smoothness of the water, I'm guessing at least a 30sec exposure (probably way off). To maintain the exposure I'm also guessing some sort of filtering was used. Please let me know as I would love to try and achieve something like this myself one day. Well Done!
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10/06/2010 12:47:13 PM
Great photo, amazing reflection! 10
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